2016 Fiat 500 Abarth Review: Flawed but feisty boredom-buster

2016 Fiat 500 Abarth Review: Flawed but feisty boredom-buster

The 2016 Fiat 500 Abarth had an advantage as soon as it gurgled onto my driveway. I'm a sucker for a small Fiat, though as with so many of my flaws I blame my parents for my weakness. Growing up, my mom had a series of tiny city cars from the Italian automaker: a bright red original 500, a rattling 126 with a fiddly manual choke, a boxy Uno and a couple of comparatively sleek Puntos, among others. None would win any awards for refinement, but all had its own particular charm.

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Galaxy S8 switches to new camera: release date remains the same

Galaxy S8 switches to new camera: release date remains the same

This week the folks at Samsung were tipped to drop a plan for an advanced camera system with two lenses for the Galaxy S8. This new lens system would have put Samsung in more direct combat with Apple's iPhone 8 Plus, still expected to wield its own 2x camera setup. This back-facing set of cameras would have utilized two different camera sensors, one made by Samsung, one made by Sony.

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Everything is an alien in this new Prey gameplay trailer

Everything is an alien in this new Prey gameplay trailer

Today we're getting our first extended look at next year's Prey reboot, thanks to a new trailer from Bethesda and Arkane. In the video, Prey creative director Raphael Colantonio and lead designer Ricardo Bare walk us through the opening stages of the game. They show off some of the weapons and powers we'll be able to use, along with a few of the aliens that will hunt us throughout the adventure.

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Beware of Dangerous Fake Apple Chargers – Here are ways to spot them

Beware of Dangerous Fake Apple Chargers – Here are ways to spot them

Apple chargers tend to be on the expensive side, but the next time you're tempted by an inexpensive alternative, you may want to think twice. The UK's Chartered Trading Standards Institute has issued a new report that says many fake Apple chargers aren't up to snuff when it comes to safety standards. The resulting issues from using a non-compliant charger could include anything from shocks when unplugging the charger to damage to your phone.

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Audi lunar quattro rover is ready for the moon

Audi lunar quattro rover is ready for the moon

Audi is mostly known for cool sports and luxury cars, but the company has also designed a lunar rover. The rover is called the Audi lunar quattro and it is ready to head to the moon. The rover's moon mission is now one step closer to fruition with a German space travel team called "Part-Time Scientists" having announced that it plans to complete the trip to the moon with the rover by the end of 2017.

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Security researchers bypass Apple Activation Lock screen using unknown bug

Security researchers bypass Apple Activation Lock screen using unknown bug

The Apple Activation Lock screen is there to prevent someone from stealing your Apple device and then being able to activate it to sell or use for themselves. Security researchers have now found a bug that allows them to bypass that Activation Lock screen and activate stolen or lost tablets and iPhones. The bug was first documented by security researcher Hemanth Joseph in November.

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Origin mechanical smart watch by Grayton is self-winding, water resistant, and track activity

Origin mechanical smart watch by Grayton is self-winding, water resistant, and track activity

Most of the smartwatches on the market today are digital with some sort of display rather than an actual watchface. That's not what the Origin mechanical watch is though. This is an old-school looking mechanical watch that also has smart features inside the band. The watch itself is pure mechanical and has no electronics inside.

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iPhone 7 Accessories – Here are 8 that are worth buying

iPhone 7 Accessories – Here are 8 that are worth buying

Not everyone is buying the whole "Google Pixel was the most sought after Black Friday phone" propaganda. Some will remain true to their iPhones, especially their completely new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Since they're really not in the market for another new phone, they might be more interested in gearing their iPhones for the battles ahead.

Like any other iPhone generation, the iPhone 7 has its fair share of accessories, though it is somewhat made special (or unfortunate) for not having a traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack. Here are 8 of the most important accessories you can buy for your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. And don't worry, they're not all about adapters

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19th BMW Art Car by John Baldessari features a self-portrait (of the car)

19th BMW Art Car by John Baldessari features a self-portrait (of the car)

BMW has been making what it calls Art Cars for a long time now and the art car this time around is an actual race car that will be fielded at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The artist who designed the livery for the car is John Baldessari. The car itself is a BMW M6 GTLM and the livery is interesting.

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Cadillac DPi-V.R race car brings Caddy back to prototype racing

Cadillac DPi-V.R race car brings Caddy back to prototype racing

Cadillac has been out of the endurance prototype racing game for over a decade, but that will all change during the 2017 IMSA season opener held on January 28-29 2017. That event is the Rolex 24 at Daytona and teams form Wayne Taylor Racing and Action express Racing will be fielding a new Cadillac racecar called the 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R. The racers will be fielded in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship series.

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Minecraft Pocket Edition greets 5 years with Ender teaser

Minecraft Pocket Edition greets 5 years with Ender teaser

Minecraft was perhaps not intended to be many things when it was first conceived and created. It wasn't intended to be an educational tool, much less a tool for education artificial intelligence. It was certainly not intended, at least at first, to be used on smartphones. And yet, Minecraft now does all that and, in fact, the Pocket Edition just celebrated its fifth year of existence last month. As both a congratulations and a gift to faithful mobile crafters, Mojang, now under the auspices of Microsoft, is teasing what is soon to come: the big version one-point-oh. Also known as, "get your butt kicked by the Ender Dragon".

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Sen.se GuardPeanut Review: A $29 movement sensor for the IoT

Sen.se GuardPeanut Review: A $29 movement sensor for the IoT

If you've ever spent time working at your local Starbucks, you'll probably be familiar with the Coffee Guilt Security Dilemma. It's the feeling that you should probably buy another drink, because you don't want to be labeled a freeloader, yet you're worried about leaving your laptop on the table while you queue. Do you pack everything up and risk someone stealing your spot by the outlet? French Internet of Things firm Sense wants to assuage your paranoid guilt, and it's doing that with the $29 GuardPeanut.

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